I love Mark Driscoll in a monster truck-BBQing-dirt bike racing-praising Jesus kind of way. He ministers to me (at a distance) a couple of times a week through his podcasts (both video and audio) at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA. I also download his Reform and Resurge Conference video and audio, and have both of his books. I would say right now Mark Driscoll is probably the most influential person in my own day to day spiritual growth and development. Mark is also the president and co-founder of the Acts 29 church planting network.

Mark has just created a post on his blog detailing a couple of denominations that are in a downward spiral. Included in that post is this great list of ten easy steps to destroying a denomination:

1. Have a low view of Scripture and, consequently, the deity of Jesus.

2. Deny that we were made male and female by God, equal but with distinct roles in the home and church.

3. Ordain liberal women in the name of tolerance and diversity.

4. Have those liberal women help to ordain gay men in the name of greater tolerance and diversity.

5. Accept the worship of other religions and their gods in the name of still greater tolerance and diversity.

6. Become so tolerant that you, in effect, become intolerant of people who love Jesus and read their Bible without scoffing and snickering.

7. End up with only a handful of people who are all the same kind of intolerant liberals in the name of tolerance and diversity.

8. Watch the Holy Spirit depart from your churches and take people who love Jesus with Him.

9. Fail to repent but become more committed than ever to your sinful agenda.

10. See Jesus pull rank, judge you, and send some of your pastors to hell to be tormented by Him forever because He will no longer tolerate your diversity.

Amen brother, AMEN!

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